A hand injury that has prevented
Hosmer, who sustained the injury on a hit-by-pitch on July 20, was on a roll before going down. He owned a 16-game hitting streak with six doubles and two home runs.
Werth is batting .360 with a .478 on-base percentage, .747 slugging percentage and 1.225 OPS in 21 July games. He also has six home runs, 11 doubles, 17 runs, 23 RBI and 14 walks this month.
A miserable slump has
Davis has just four hits in his last 28 at-bats and owns a .199/.309/.391 stat line on the season. He has just two multi-hit games since June 11 and 123 strikeouts in 317 at-bats this year.
Byrd, who had four singles Monday, is batting .287 with three doubles, five home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs in 24 July games.
Chisenhall has struggled since his May and June tear. His average has fallen from .393 to a season-low .313 since June 14. He has three hits in his last 26 at-bats.
However, a major caveat is that the Roayls might not be able to add to the payroll to acquire either pitcher, but that will be determined in the coming days. The Royals' evaluators, however, are said to like both veteran pitchers.
Crisp, who could also miss the back end of the two-game series, has not played Saturday.
The Red Sox are targeting multiple high-end prospects in exchange for Lester. The Pirates have a deep farm system and outfield prospect